Michael Mantell, SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY
Michael earned his Ph.D. degree at the University of Pennsylvania after completing his M.S. degree in clinical psychology at the Hahnemann Medical College, where he wrote his thesis on the psychology of obesity. He has served as Chief Psychologist of Children’s Hospital and Health Center of San Diego, and created and led the nationally recognized Psychological Services and Employee Assistance/Wellness program for the San Diego Police Department. He has also been a long time member of the clinical faculty at UCSD’s Department of Psychiatry.
The American Council on Exercise invited Dr. Mantell to speak at its prestigious annual Fitness Symposium 2011 and he plays a growing role as a consultant, writer and media spokesperson for ACE. Dr. Mantell also writes and consults for the Total Gym Company, writes for IHRSA, and was just selected as one of six national Community Ambassadors for Experience Life Magazine where he promotes health and healthy living across the country. He coaches elite, world-class athletes and amateurs who want to develop mental toughness and improve their mind-body fitness.
In addition to writing the long-running “Dr. San Diego,” column for San Diego Magazine, Dr. Mantell also writes the “San Diego Fitness Psychology” column for The Sporting Club and the La Jolla Sports Club where he serves on the Sports Medicine Team. He also writes on fitness and health for the Examiner, “San Diego Life Coach.”
The influence of his 1994 book and training video, “Ticking Bombs: Defusing Violence in the Workplace,” has led many companies throughout the country to utilize his organizational and training services. He is a partner in San Diego Corporate Makeover, a group specializing in helping companies develop and implement world-class wellness programs.
Publisher’s Weekly magazine awarded the audio version of Dr. Mantell’s first book published in 1988, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: P. S. It’s All Small Stuff” their highly coveted award, “Best Audio” in the self-help category.
He’s been a popular and consistent guest on television and radio talk shows across America, including “Oprah,” “Nightline,” “Larry King,” and “Good Morning America.” He appeared on San Diego’s TV-8 News twice weekly for more than two years and currently appears on San Diego’s CW channel 6 weekly.
He enjoys helping people use the latest findings in fitness psychology to optimize their health and wellness...for him, it’s all about enhancing and preserving fitness/health and preventing illness, leading to a life of well-being, comfort and happiness.